My Cat Peed On Himself (How Do I Clean Him?)

cat peed on itself in litter box

A couple of months ago, my cat seemed to have trouble peeing and I brought him to the vet for a check-up. When the vet came out of the room after examining my cat, she was carrying a pet diaper that was stained with blood.

“This is all from your cat” said the vet with her usual deadpan expression.

I had to brace myself against the wall as I felt my knees go weak.

According to the vet, my cat was suffering from a urinary tract infection which explains the blood in his pee.

Thankfully, it wasn’t serious.

He was put on a drip, given an antibiotic injection and we were out of there.

When we got back and I was taking my cat out of the carrier, I noticed a familiar smell. My dear cat peed himself in the carrier and his paws, underbelly and tail were soaked with his pee.

There will be times when our cats have peed on themself for some reason. How do you go about cleaning the cat urine off your cat?

Why Did My Cat Pee On Itself?

Cats are clean and cautious creatures. Peeing on themselves is as good as signaling to a predator “I’m here! Please come and eat me!”.

This is why cats always tend to bury their waste to eliminate a scent trail. Something is usually wrong with your cat if it is peeing on itself.

Here are some possible reasons:

Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Urinary tract infections are usually the number one cause of many urinary issues in cats. It can happen to both female and male cats.

A UTI is caused by a bacterial infection that affects the urethra of the cat causing it to be inflamed and swollen.

Your cat will have the frequent urge to pee but peeing is also painful for the cat. One common tell-tale sign is seeing your cat meow excessively and dig in the litter box without peeing.

Weak Bladder

A cat who is suffering from urinary continence means that it isn’t able to hold its pee until it gets to the litter box. This condition is common in older cats whose bladder muscles get weaker as they get older.

If your cat likes sleeping near the front door and its litter box is all the way at the backyard, your cat might just pee in your shoes since it’s the closest thing to a litter box that is within reach.

Spinal Cord Injury

If your cat has a recent or existing spinal cord injury, it can cause urinary incontinence in your cat as well.

When the nerves in your cat’s spinal cord are damaged, it can affect the proper functioning of the bladder and urinary tract.

Another common symptom is fecal incontinence where the cat is leaking poop everywhere due to the lack of bowel control.

Obese Cat

fat cat lying on floor

Fat cats are deemed to be cute on social media but these owners are doing more harm than good to their cats.

Feline obesity can cause many other health problems like diabetes, chronic kidney disease and hormonal imbalance, all of which can mess up your cat’s urinary health.

Cats with feline diabetes tend to have urine that is sticky when it dries due to the presence of glucose in the pee.

Insufficient Litter Boxes

If you have more than one cat at home, please ensure that each cat has its own litter box. Sharing litter boxes between cats in the same household is a big no-no.

Cats value their privacy and don’t like smelling another cat’s steaming pile of poo or pee in its litter box.

When cats smell the waste of another cat in its litter box, it can discourage them from using the litter box properly. This means that it will probably poo or pee at some other part of the house which is the last thing you want.

What To Do If My Cat Has Peed On Itself?

The first thing that you need to do is remove your cat from the puddle of pee. There are some methods that you can use to effectively remove the urine smell from your cat.

Give Your Cat A Shower

shower your cat

Giving your cat a bath or shower would be the best way to remove the cat urine stains and odor on its body. However, if your cat has just had an operation or is under a lot of stress, I wouldn’t advise you to do so.

Make sure to use cat shampoo and not human shampoo as it can be too drying for your cat’s skin.

Do not use water that is too warm on your cat as that will tend to set the odor and make it smell worse.

Use Pet Wipes Or A Damp Cloth

This was what I did when I had to clean the urine off my cat’s fur. I took my pet wipes and soaked some clean pieces of cloth in a mixture of my cat’s shampoo and a little bit of apple cider vinegar.

The reason for using apple cider vinegar is that it helps to neturalize the odors better. But do not use too much as it can irritate your cat’s skin. I just poured in a bottle cap’s worth.

I made sure to focus more on the parts with the cat pee stains and really rubbed it clean. When using wet wipes on your cat, make sure it is always pet friendly.

The ones meant for human use can contain alcohol and other added ingredients that can be toxic for your cat.

Remember to towel dry your cat once you’re done.

My Cat Peed On Itself After Surgery

It can be a common occurrence for cats to pee on themselves after surgery. This happens when they are confined to their carrier or a cage for monitoring.

My vet will usually put a pet diaper in the carrier but it doesn’t help much. Once my cat pees, it is like releasing a tsunami.

If your cat is in a lot of pain after its surgery, it can also affect its usual toilet habits which can result in urinary incontinence.

How To Clean Cat Pee From Carrier?

If your cat has peed inside its carrier, on the carpet or anywhere else in the house besides its litter box, speed is of the essence when it comes to cleaning cat pee.

The longer you let the urine set, the harder it will be to remove cat urine stains and smell.

What I would usually do is douse the carrier with a lot of water and sprinkle baking soda all over the bottom.

Baking soda is good at absorbing all the nasty odors. To double up on the effectiveness, I will spray some vinegar on the area as well.

Let everything sit for a good 30 minutes before rinsing off with water.

Rinse and repeat if necessary.

For materials like fabric or carpet, this method can work but I find using enzymatic cleaners a lot more useful as the solution can really penetrate into the material.

These cleaners are available in pet stores and contain enzymes that can break down the cat pee smell.

Why Does Cat Urine Smell So Bad?

As a kid, my parents were rather against having a cat as a pet. They claim that the cat pee will stink up the whole house and there’s some truth in that.

If you have not cleaned your cat’s litter box for a day or two, you will be able to notice a very sharp stench emitting from it that can make your eyes water.

This is the ammonia that is being released when the bacteria in your cat’s pee breaks down the urea.

The real stinkiness is caused by a chemical compound called felinine in the cat’s pee. The longer the felinine is exposed to the air, the smellier and more pungent it gets.

This is great for cats in the wild who use this smell to mark their territory and attract mates but not for our dear domestic indoor cats.